Eliza Mason was the daughter of John Mason and Ruth Williams. John was the son of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, and brother to my Ann Nancy Mason who married Captain John Linton. Many of the Masons came to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the late 1790’s – several years before Captain John brought his family to neighboring Washington County in 1818.
John and Ruth Mason’s children were Notley, Lucinda, Nancy, Benjamin, William, Burgess, Eliza, Priscilla, Basil and George Mason.
In the name of God amen. I, Eliza Mason, of the county of Nelson and State of Kentucky, being sick in body but of sound memory and discretion and knowing the uncertainty of life, and that it is appointed for all mankind to die, do make and establish this my last will and testament, and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid I give demise and dispose of the same in form and manner following (to wit).
Item 1st. I give to my beloved sister Priscilla Batsel all the money that I have coming from my father’s estate, also all that is coming from my grandfather Williams estate and lastly I do here constitute and appoint my brother Notley Mason executor to this my last will and testament, and at the same time hereby making null and void all former bequests and wills of every description whatsoever, hereby ratifying this and this only to be my last will and testament. In testimony where of I have hereunto set
Benjamin Mason, Burgess Mason
At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday the 13th day of April 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved in part by the oath of Benjamin Mason, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be filed for further proof. Teste. Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk
At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday, the 8th of June 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of Burgess Mason, the other subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Notley Mason the executor therein named, having given bond with Nathaniel Batsel, his security, in the penalty of $1,200 conditioned as prescribed by law and taken the oath the law in such case decrees. It is ordered that a Certificate of Probate of said will be granted herein. Teste. Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk
Nelson County Clerk’s Office, Will Book D, Pages 20-21